Alternative Jack-the-Ripper Event: An evening discussing the lives of Polly

By on March 7, 2019

Held in association with the English National Opera and Penguin Random House, Beyond the Streets are delighted to present an evening with soprano Lesley Garrett, composer Iain Bell, author and historian Hallie Rubenhold and Josephine Knowles, co-director of Beyond the Streets.

Join us for an evening of discovery about the lives of the women murdered by Jack-the-Ripper, during which Lesley Garrett will perform an extract from her role in Iain Bell’s Jack the Ripper: The Women of Whitechapel. The opera will run between 30th March and 12th April 2019.

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

Lesley, Iain and Hallie will finally set the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. The women died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time – but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman. Josephine will reflect on the reality of women on the streets today – 130 years on – who find themselves caught up in homelessness, prostitution and violence

The evening will be chaired by Alex Clark of The Guardian. Please join us for what promises to be a truly fascinating and revelatory discussion along with a short film on Beyond the Streets.

Alternative Jack-the-Ripper Event: An evening discussing the lives of Polly will be held at National Liberal Club on Wednesday 13th of March 2019.

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